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D'sArtTakes As the Navratri is at it’s mid-point I see the faces of devotion!

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The Tibetan Book of Proportions (online)

For those who wish to see all the mazing illustrations, this link shall take you there!


The Tibetan Book of Proportions

"Drawn on linen pages bound by wooden boards, this 18th-century pattern book delineates precise iconometric guidelines for depiction of the Buddha and Bodhisattva figures. The book was apparently produced in Nepal for use in Tibet, and the 36 ink drawings are accompanied by Newari script with Tibetan numerals. The Newari writing suggests the manual may have been used in a collaboration between Newar and Tibetan artists." 

care of http://www.getty.edu/research/tools/digital_collections/notable/tibetan_pattern_book.html

D'sArtTakes amandarust:

People on the Bridge
An odd planet, and those on it are odd, too.They’re subject to time, but they won’t admit it.They have their own ways of expressing protest.They make up little pictures, like for instance this:At first glance, nothing special.What you see is water.And one of its banks.And a little boat sailing strenuously upstream.And a bridge over the water, and people on the bridge.It appears that the people are picking up their pacebecause of the rain just beginning to lash downfrom a dark cloud.The thing is, nothing else happens.The cloud doesn’t change its color or its shape.The rain doesn’t increase or subside.The boat sails on without moving.The people on the bridge are running nowexactly where they ran before.It’s difficult at this point to keep from commenting.This picture is by no means innocent.Time has been stopped here.Its laws are no longer consulted.It has been relieved of its influence over the course of events.It has been ignored and insulted.On account of a rebel,one Hiroshige Utagawa(a being who, by the way,died long ago and in due course),time has tripped and fallen down.It might well be simply a trifling prank,an antic on the scale of just a couple of galaxies,let us, however, just in case,add one final comment for the record:For generations, it’s been considered good form hereto think highly of this picture,to be entranced and moved.There are those for whom even this is not enough.They go so far as to hear the rain’s spatter,to feel the cold drops on their necks and backs,they look at the bridge and the people on itas if they saw themselves there,running the same never-to-be-finished racethrough the same endless, ever-to-be-covered distance,and they have the nerve to believethat this is really so.
-Wislawa Szymborska
D'sArtTakes mccm-clmr:

Hand embroidered.
D'sArtTakes newyorker:

Ian Crouch on Stephen Colbert’s transition to late night: http://nyr.kr/1ehLde8

“In a way, we’ve been more eager than Colbert himself to protect his conservative-host persona, not by believing explicitly in the fictional construct of the show, but by agreeing instead to act like we believe it.”

Photograph by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Corbis.
D'sArtTakes As the Ancient becomes Modern, is there something “lost” in translation!?

wOW! Illuminations
The design of this type specification has hugely inspired me over the last few years. The black and fluorescent decorations on the initials feel embossed with an almost flock texture. I love the positive/negative capitals and look at the way the pattern surrounding the O opens to allow the T close. It manages to look both antique and modern.
Unfortunately this rather blurry photo is all I have. In the past I took a more lackadaisical approach to note taking, and have no record of the specimen’s title. I was shown the book by the previous librarian of St. Brides. On a recent return trip I tried to find the book but with the largest collection of specimens in the world, and a change in librarians, the search was futile.
D'sArtTakes Aei Wei Wei : 6000 Wooden Stools, Berlin, “Evidence”, 
D'sArtTakes Summer Yummness! 
Now this is what I call the “best breakfast to wake upto!”
D'sArtTakes ragii:

Also known as Siddhidayini Ma Durga, she is the ninth form of the Goddess and worshiped on the ninth day of Navratra. The victorious goddess, she is worshiped by Gods, Saints and Asuras alike. She is the Mother Goddess and her blessing bestows success at every venture. She is the one who blesses Lord Shiva with Supernatural powers, allowing him to take the form of Ardhnarishwara
D'sArtTakes ragii:

Mahagauri is the eighth manifestation of goddess Durgaamongst the Navadurgas. Mahagauri is worshipped on the eighth day of Navratri. According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Mahagauri has the power to fulfill all the desires of her devotees. The one who worships the goddess gets relief from all the sufferings in life. When the Goddess was visited by Shiva after severe penance that left her with black skin and in harsh conditions, he carried her to the river Ganga and cleaned her with its waters, revealing her glowing complexion, thus he named her Mahagauri